marco schifano

from 1 October 2014 to 21 March 2015

From 1 October 2014 to 21 March 2015, Milan’s Studio Giangaleazzo Visconti (in Corso Monforte, 23) will be hosting an exhibition of the works of Marco Schifano (Rome, 1985).

The exhibition will display 35 photographs by the young artist from Rome, featuring a characteristically high degree of formal accuracy and significant flair for composition.

Although he works with the tools of photography – equipment that has accompanied him ever since his infancy – Schifano himself proceeds along a path of traditional manual skills, rather like an Italian Old Master from the days of the Renaissance or a Flemish painter, piecing the scenes that are destined to attract his attention together with obsessive precision.

Although they hover on the threshold between photography, film editing and painting, these images also address the mechanisms of theatrical dramatisation and represent both the artist’s personal subjectivity and the aspiration to objectivity intrinsic to each of their details.

As the critic Gianluca Ranzi puts it in his catalogue essay: “There is a profound sense of adventure that breathes life into Marco Schifano’s works. That adventure also includes the act of creating images that contrast the split-second speed of the single shot with the long time spent on the complex preparation of every set, on the lighting, on the rare plants and on the live animals that appear in it, which is further amplified by the almost complete absence of digital post-production work on the shots once they have been taken”.

Schifano’s subjects include both fauna, some of them common enough (goats, geese and frogs), others exotic and ferocious (lions, armadillos, crocodiles and vultures), and flora (plants, flowers and fruits), which he combines with inanimate objects like ornaments, crystal goblets, silverware, musical instruments, neo-Gothic desks and a lot more, in something of a continuous dialogue that induces inanimate pieces and living creatures to interact on the same level, in a subtle interplay between reality and pretence.

“Schifano”, continues Gianluca Ranzi, “involves the observer in an aesthetic and cognitive adventure  that embraces on the one hand the unexpected manifestation of a relationship between his subjects (regardless of their nature) and on the other the magic of his prodigious photographic rendering of textures, materials and reflections.”

With this modus operandi, Marco Schifano has opted to place himself outside the general artistic sentiment: where others prefer provocation or a spectacular and conceptual element, he responds with tasteful images, constructed with a profound sense of beauty and composition.

1 October – 21 March 2015

Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.; 3.00 – 7.00 p.m..

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